Cesar Parra Cleared By Jury

Cesar Parra has been cleared by the Hunterdon County Superior Court Jury in New Jersey after having been accused of horse cruelty. The born Columbian, competing for the US since 2008, had to appear before court since he supposedly caused the young Hanoverian stallion William PFF injuries due to improper use of side reins. The horse flipped over backwards while being lunged in 2009. The Jury voted unanimously 8-0 to dismiss the case. It took four years to deal with the case due to a series of lawsuits and countersuits. Last year, a video of the alleged incident shown on the Internet led to complaints made to the US federation requesting not to issue an invitation for the World Cup finals to Parra, who had qualified with Van the Man. However, the federation supported his rider, since he was neither convicted under criminal nor civil law.